Friday, February 28, 2014

Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownie Dessert

This is a brownie that's best munched as a pudding, it's very soft . . . and has a sort of fresh taste to it, I think it has something to do with the sweet potato and coconut oil - maybe you'll get what I mean when you try it.
When it comes out the oven it's super soft.
And it's incredibly moist, very pudding-y.

1 3/4 cups peeled, cooked & mashed sweet potatoes (I steam mine for about 25 minutes)
1/4 cup greek yoghurt
egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
2 vanilla powder or pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut blossom sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 tbs coconut flour
  •  in a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well
  • grease a glass dish with some coconut oil, pour mixture in and bake at 175C for 30 minutes - it should be firm but it will be very soft to the touch, and gooey inside
  • allow to cool and serve - dish up with a spoon, you'll have to eat this brownie dessert with a fork, it's that soft
You can also refrigerate it for a few hours until it firms up a little more - I left it in over night, then cut into squares and serve - you'll probably still need to munch it with a fork though:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fruity Oat Bars

I was once again looking for recipes where I can use up bananas that I otherwise couldn't use in time before they turn totally brown & mushy, and came across this one.  They're good for snacking or lunch boxes, as well as part of a quick breakfast when you're in a hurry. 
3 large ripe bananas
2 cups oats (the gluten-free kind if you want to be sure it's gluten-free)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup chopped dates*
1/4 cup chopped cranberries*
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

* You can add more of these fruits if you wish, or add raisins as well.  These bars were tasty but I would add some more fruit next time - it really "spices" up these bars.
  • preheat oven to 180 degree C, line a 16 x 25 cm glass dish with baking paper (extend over the sides so you can pick it up easily) and grease baking paper really well, else it'll stick to the bars - as me, I know
  • mash bananas until smooth, then add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined
  • pour mixture into prepared dish and press down evenly
  • bake for about 30 minutes (until it starts to turn a little golden), cool completely then cut into bars

Vegan Coconut Ice

Here's something to satisfy your coconutty cravings.  I love coconut ice but all the bad kind of sugar in there from the condensed milk and sugar makes me not want to make it anymore.  This one does contain some agave but in total much less sugar than the original coconut ice.  I found this recipe, but it was called white chocolate which is what tempted me to make it in the first place, but to me it's nothing like white chocolate and everything like coconut ice. 
3 cups desiccated coconut
1/4 agave nectar (I'm sure maple syrup will work as well, and honey)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
  • place coconut into food processor and process for about 5 minutes until it's chopped up finely
  • add remaining ingredients and process for about another 5 minutes
  • press mixture into a glass dish and freeze for about 30 minutes so that it can set.  Aftewards it's fine if you keep it in the fridge, but if you keep it at room temp they're go soft 
Lucky for me my husband, who's not a huge desiccated coconut fan, didn't like this at all so it was ALL MINE, hehe.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tomato Rice Pilaf

This is just about a staple in our house, we all love it, not only because it's tasty but also because it's quick and easy to make (latter part is very important haha).
1 medium - large onion (sliced & roughly chopped)
1 tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 cups white rice
3 cups veggie stock
400g fresh diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
  •  fry onion in oil until it starts to become translucent
  • add rice and spices and mix to coat
  • add tomato and stock, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 mins
Good as a dish on it's own, or as a side-dish.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Homemade Condensed Milk

This is completely opposite to anything resembling a healthy delight . . . in fact it's a sinful delight, but it's sooo yummy and tastes just about exactly like canned condensed milk.  If you're like me and you do, once it a while, crave a can of condensed milk, this is the recipe for you.
This recipe is actually bad news, because it's WAY too easy to make. :)

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup sugar (I used light brown sugar, but white works too)
1/2 cup boiling water

Place everything into a food processor and blend away until the sugar is dissolved - it may take about 5 minutes at least.  And voila, believe it or not, there's your condensed milk!  As you can see, it makes a good coffee cup-sized portion.

It's quite liquidy though, so if you want it a bit thicker like the canned version, just place it in the fridge for a while.

Note: I accept no responsibility for any weight gain, tighter jeans or ruined diets as a result of posting this recipe.